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What do Kim Kardashian, LeAnn Rimes and Eli Roth have in common? Apart from taking your Insta food, these (and many other) celebrities also have psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a widely visible skin disease that can be difficult to treat, especially if it occurs in a gang of over-the-counter medications. "Solutions" that promise quick results at reasonable prices.
However, one of the more promising OTC options is tar soap, which has been a remedy for skin diseases since ancient times. Here is a brief overview of everything you need to know about tar soap and psoriasis.
Tar soap is what it sounds like: soap from tar, a dark soap, thick liquid extracted from coal or the wood of various plants and conifers (think on pine and juniper).
Certain ingredients from both categories of tea are said to reduce the symptoms of psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the skin cells inflame, red or silvery accumulate itchy patches. It can also lead to arthritis.
Like most psoriasis treatments, tar soap can not cure this condition. And because it's made with tar, it can be tough.
In moderate amounts, however, it can alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis and in most cases does not cause unpleasant side effects (read on, we explain).
Note that more severe cases of psoriasis usually require more intensive treatment such as light therapy and oral medications. Your doctor can help you to find the best plan for you.
There are two main types of tar soaps with similar benefits:
There is a reason why doctors have prescribed this type of tar tar for psoriasis since the 1920s. While coal is made up of thousands of ingredients, scientists believe that polycyclic aryl hydrocarbons, especially carbazole, are responsible for the ability to fight psoriasis.
We know it sounds like another name for the Gate Keeper, but research has shown carbazole prevents the inflammation of cells, which means fewer flares and flakes.
Slightly less popular than coal tar, pine It is believed that tar has a lot of advantages. Studies have shown that overproduction does not only reduce skin cells, it also relieves itching, combats inflammation, is antibacterial and antifungal.
Hard to say, as tar soaps and other tar products are available in different formulations. Most commonly, these products are sold with 1-10 percent coal or pine tar.
You need to talk to your doctor and experiment to find the right fit. However, you can buy them over the counter as:
- Soap piece. Best for the treatment of psoriasis over large areas of your body. They often use it like ordinary soap bars and let it sit on your skin before rinsing it for the best results.
- cream. Good for psoriasis on parts of the body other than the scalp. In general, apply a small amount of cream on the affected areas of skin for one to four times a day for several weeks. Always check the instructions for use before applying.
- shampoo. Ideal for psoriasis on the scalp. You can use tar soap shampoo similar to normal shampoo by rubbing it into the damp scalp under the shower and then leaving it to soak before rinsing.
- oil. Mostly concentrated than creams and shampoos. Tar oil absorbs very quickly in the skin and is best for aggressive cases of psoriasis.
Thicker concentrations of tar soap for very severe cases of psoriasis are sold by prescription only. Again, your doctor knows what's best and can help you make the right treatment plan.
Buy coal tar soap and pine tar soap.
Just as you must wait for this delicious order, it may take a minute before you see results from tar soap. (All good things …) Most see a clearer skin within a few weeks.
Users of tar products report a reduction in the thickness of skin cells (also called plaque). It has also been shown that tar soap gives the skin a smoother and less inflamed appearance. It can also reduce itching. Sweet relief!
Tar products are intended for short-term control of psoriasis attacks. Since tar is an effective ingredient, you should not use tar soaps and other tar products more than a few times a week for up to several weeks.
Take care of sensitive skin, as tar products can aggravate irritation. If this is the case, you should first try a very dilute product with a lower tar content.
Tar soaps and other products tend to get dirty and can lighten the skin or make clothes and bedding spotty.
Frankly, they also stink somehow. Not like a skunk or anything else, just prepare to spread a flavor of black polka dots (sudden urge to play hopscotch and kickball may follow).
Tar products are generally considered a safe treatment for psoriasis. However, women who are pregnant or nursing are advised not to use them.
You should also be exposed to direct sunlight for 24 hours after using tarsal psoriasis products, as they may make you more prone to sunburn cancer during occupational exposure to coal tar (eg, miners, asphalt workers, or chimney sweeps).
However, a 2010 study seemed to bring the debate to a standstill. An increased risk of cancer when using coal tar soap was not found. It has also been noted that coal tar soap can be considered a safe treatment for psoriasis and eczema.
Note that when showering and washing, moisture can be removed from your skin. To avoid this when using tar soaps, keep in mind the following:
- Use lukewarm, non-hot water to shower.
- Limit the shower or bath time to a maximum of 15 minutes per day.
- Avoid heavy scrubbing with a washcloth or loofah.
Tar is just one known ingredient that helps in alleviating psoriasis symptoms. If tar is not your thing, here is a list of other ingredients that you should look for in over-the-counter and prescription soaps and other psoriasis products:
- Aloe Vera Aloe Vera-containing soaps, creams and oils alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis. They have a moisturizing and healing effect on the skin.
- calcipotrienes . A synthetic form of vitamin D3 that is applied to the scalp at bedtime and washed off in the morning.
- corticosteroids. The most prescribed treatment for psoriasis on the scalp and is usually applied as a cream directly on the skin.
- Mahonia aquifolium. Also known as Oregon Grape, a herb found in many psoriasis soaps and products. According to research, it is an effective treatment for mild to moderate psoriasis.
- Oatmeal baths and oat soaps. Used by many people with psoriasis who swear they can help with itchy skin and redness. If you ever had chickenpox, your parents probably dipped you in a tub of this stuff.
- salicylic acid. A drug that helps dissolve superficial skin cells and is also widely used to treat acne. A stronger version of salicylic acid soaps and other products are available on prescription.
- tazarotene. A medication that you take overnight and wash off in the morning to eliminate psoriasis.
- Ethereal tea tree oil. Gives soaps and other products antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antifungal properties and can reduce psoriatic inflammation.
If you use over-the-counter soaps or other psoriasis products, pay close attention to how you affect your skin. If your psoriasis gets worse, stop these treatments immediately and contact your doctor.
Treating your psoriasis requires a few trials to determine which treatment is best for you.
OTC tar-based soaps and products are just one treatment option that helps many people with psoriasis. If you have a mild to moderate case, tar may be right for you.
If tar soaps and other products do not help, do not give up! There are many ways to remedy this. Keep your doctor informed and remember that it can take some time to find the right treatment.